Thumbs up for Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata. Literature.
A luscious chocolate of a book, which, as I am not quite smart enough to understand what it is really about, I will not try to synopsize for you. Nevertheless, if you like beautiful writing, and enjoy works in which the landscape shapes the story almost to the point of being itself a character, you will not regret reading it. A word of warning about the introduction, however: read only the first two pages until you’re finished with the book. While the beginning is useful to read to set the context, the latter part contains major spoilers.
“Komako looked up at the clear sky over the snow. ‘The tone is different on a day like this.’ The tone had been as rich and vibrant as her remark suggested. The air was different. There were no theater walls, there was no audience, there was none of the city dust. The notes went out crystalline into the clean winter morning, to sound on the far, snowy peaks.”
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